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Forensic pathologists are more than just your average physician. As a forensic pathologist, Dr. Satish Chundru bridges the gap between the medical and legal industries by investigating and examining the bodies of individuals that died suddenly, unexpectedly, or violently. His knowledge also involves collecting forensic evidence, following scientific and legal procedures, and working with law enforcement to determine and document the cause of death (homicide, suicide, accidental, natural, or unknown). 

Generally, those interested in becoming forensic pathologists show a strong interest and aptitude for science, have an investigative mindset, are methodical and analytical, and possess the strong communication and interpersonal skills necessary for sharing their findings. 

Additionally, forensic pathologists are doctors, which is a profession that requires around twelve to fourteen years of school and training before they can obtain their certification in forensic pathology. 

First, an individual pursuing a degree in forensic pathology must first complete a college degree and fulfill their pre-med requirements. Generally, this takes around four years to complete. 

Next, they must attend medical school and obtain a medical degree, usually either a Doctor of Medicine (MD) or a Doctor of Osteopathy (DO), which typically takes four years to complete. 

After acquiring their bachelor’s and medical degree, forensic pathology candidates then undergo an additional residency in anatomic and clinical pathology. During this residency, candidates gain valuable experience in general surgical pathology, postmortem examinations, cytopathology, molecular pathology, coagulation, clinical chemistry, cytogenetics, laboratory management, and more. 

Once they have completed their residency, candidates then must complete a one-year fellowship in forensic pathology, which further amplifies their specialization in this field. 

After acquiring their degrees and completing all training requirements, forensic pathologists must become certified by the American Board of Pathology to practice in the profession in most places. 

As a result of his education, training, and specialty in the field of forensic pathology, Dr. Satish Chundru is one of an estimated 600 board-certified forensic pathologists in the United States. Dr. Chundru provides comprehensive forensic consulting and medical review services to clients across the nation. Continue reading his site to see how he can help you, and schedule a consultation if you want his assistance.